Thursday wasn’t without its successes for Russellform. The pundits were none too complimentary about Meikle Barfil this afternoon but he had been given a chance by the handicapper and was very good value at 16s. I got it wrong where Alambic and Cool Customer were concerned. All credit to the giant Alambic who simply galloped her rivals into submission. I thought that Cool Customer was given a bit too much to do but all credit to the winner. Both horses have more than justified their selection on the list to follow.
I was also pleased to have tipped a couple of 2 year old winners. So Sweet won comfortably for Frankie Dettori and the underrated Vital Statistics turned over the hot favourite Wid in the listed race at Salisbury. Vital Statistics was well ridden by John Egan I thought. He gave her plenty of cover early on and delivered a perfectly timed challenge.
For those who follow the fortunes of the old Platinum Racing Club runners I see that Gaelic Princess came in today at a nice price and Million Percent was second at 8/1.
Meikle Barfil lost his maiden certificate today and I am just wondering if Henchman could do likewise in the 3.25 at Chepstow. He tried to make all when 3rd last time out and seems to be getting closer to that elusive first win. Rain would probably help his cause.
Mark Johnston gives a debut to Eau Good in the Haydock 3.00. Looks interesting on pedigree and one to look out for.
I am hopeful that the 3.35 will go to one of out list horses with Fullandby amd Zomerlust both in with good chances. Fullandby’s second at Ripon last time was very encouraging and he just gets my vote.
The 2.10 at Kempton looks a decent maiden. Fever and Maslak both have claims but I will go for the one raced Monzante who was third at Newbury on his debut. Coeur de Lionne, a stablemate of Monzante is one for the notebook. He is related on the dam’s side to Derby winner Sir Percy.